ND students react to Lou Holtz’s speech at the Republican National Convention

first_imgCourtesy of PBS Former Fighting Irish football coach Lou Holtz gave a five minute speech at the Republican National Convention, Wednesday evening. Holtz spoke to the importance of values and Catholicism.University President Fr. John Jenkins issued a statement Thursday, distancing Notre Dame from any and all political views Holtz expressed in his speech.“While Coach Lou Holtz is a former coach at Notre Dame, his use of the University’s name at the Republican National Convention must not be taken to imply that the University endorses his views, any candidate or any political party,” the statement said.Sophomore Emily Kane said she felt ashamed when she read excerpts from the speech, and junior Avery Garrity said she was disappointed to see Holtz speak at the RNC.“While he wasn’t speaking on behalf of Notre Dame officially, when people see Lou Holtz, they think of Notre Dame. And he talked about the statue that he has on our campus and so I was hoping that no one took from that speech that that was the same view that Notre Dame has,” Garrity said.Junior Sarah Scharf said she did not think that speech was unusual.“I didn’t think that there was anything particularly controversial in it,” junior Sarah Scharf said of the speech. “Sounds to me like he was mostly just saying that he loves this country and he supports Trump, both of which are pretty fair opinions.”Junior Sean Hughes said it was unexpected, but he did not have an issue with what Holtz said.“I was kind of surprised, to be honest, that he was doing it. It wasn’t something I was expecting,” junior Sean Hughes said. “But I’d say overall, I was happy that he was expressing his opinion.”Hughes also referenced Wednesday night’s boycotts led by players from the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s NBA, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball in the wake of Jacob Blake’s police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.“I thought that was super powerful, that now — in the sports world — it’s become more important to not hide away from issues occurring around the world, but really express how you feel,” Hughes said. “You’re more than an athlete, you’re more than a coach.”Holtz began his five-minute speech by talking about growing up poor in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. In spite of this, he said, his parents taught him priceless lessons. One of these was that life is about making choices, according to Holtz. This theme of decision-making was the basis of Holtz’s speech.“Wherever you are, good or bad, don’t blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacle,” Holtz said. “And always remember that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special.”“But there are people today, like politicians, professors, protesters and, of course, President Trump’s naysayers in the media, who like to blame others for problems. They don’t have pride in our country,” he added.Holtz then mentioned his ties to the University. Specifically, the sculpture of him that has stood by the stadium for 12 years.“There’s a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. But if you look closely, you’ll see these three words there: trust, commitment and love.”After Wednesday’s RNC, an alum wrote a Letter to the Editor Thursday, calling on the University to remove the statue and cut ties with the one-time football coach.In his speech, Holtz said he makes decisions based upon the three words inscribed on his statue — regarding anyone, from his wife, to the athletes he has coached, to politicians.He asks himself three things, he said. “One, can I trust them?”“One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump,” Holtz said, answering his question.Garrity disagreed with Holtz.“We can’t trust Donald Trump — he’s a known liar,” Garrity said. “It’s been reported that, as of this past July, he’s uttered over 20,000 false claims since being president. And it’s especially dangerous right now during the pandemic that we’re facing.”“The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaing in history,” Holtz continued. “They and other politicians are Catholic in name only.”While Democratic candidate Joe Biden identifies as Catholic, his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, was raised on Hinduism and Christianity and she considers herself a Baptist, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.Jenkins seemingly addressed this contentious part of Holtz’s speech in his statement as well. “We Catholics should remind ourselves that while we may judge the objective moral quality of another’s actions, we must never question the sincerity of another’s faith, which is due to the mysterious working of grace in that person’s heart,” the University president said.Garrity pointed out that in 2016, the University awarded Biden with the Laetare Medal, “the oldest and most prestigious honor accorded to American Catholics,” according to the University.Referring to Biden and Harris, Scharf said: “If they’re not pro-life then that’s a big issue for me, at least, in saying that they do live by Catholic ideals, because being pro-life is very important for the majority of Catholics.”As of 2019, 56% of Catholics believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, whereas 42% believe it should be illegal in all or most cases, according to the Pew Research Center.As he continued his speech, Holtz said he then asks himself a second question — whether they are committed to doing their very best. According to the former Figthing Irish coach, the president is. “President Trump finds solutions. President Trump is committed,” he said.Third, Holtz said he asks himself whether that person loves other people. “To me, this is very clear. President Trump has demonstrated, through his prison reform, advocating for school choice and welfare reform, that he wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream,” he said. “If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can’t say yes to any of these three questions.”Kane disagreed with Holtz’s assessment of the president. “I do not believe Donald Trump is worthy of trust. I don’t think he has shown commitment to respecting all human beings. I don’t think he has shown love to all human beings,” she said.Both her and Garrity referred to the ways in which President Trump has referred to and acted toward women, for instance.In closing, Holtz referenced Notre Dame one last time: “I used to ask our athletes at Notre Dame: ‘If you did not show up, who would miss you and why?’ Can you imagine what would happen to us if President Trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for President?”Kane sad she thinks the country would have been better if President Trump had not shown up.“I’m going to imagine a world where Donald Trump did not show up. And I will focus on the recent history of this year. Our president downplayed the severity of the coronavirus,” Kane said. “I think our country could have faced this crisis a lot better.”Reflecting on the overall message in Holtz’s speech, Hughes said he thinks a diversity of backgrounds and opinions makes Notre Dame unique, and that the only way the community can understand each other is by listening.He said he considered himself more of a conservative before coming to Notre Dame, but the conversations he has had with one of his former roommates, who has a different family and political background, have been “really eye-opening.”“I know not everyone’s gonna agree with what [Holtz] says, and that’s completely fine. But, like I was saying, it starts the conversation,” Hughes added.Students had different expectations about how the political environment will feel on campus as the November general election draws near.“I’m very nervous about the discourse,” Scharf said. “When talking about political ideas, especially during election time, I think it’s really important to remember that the people that you disagree with are still people.”Hughes said he thinks some good might come out of any tension. “Opinions will polarize, definitely, and tensions will rise. But at the same time, the good that might come out of it is that more people will vote,” he said.The University was set to hold the first 2020 presidential debate, but withdrew late July due to the health precautions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.“I think it will get more polarized as the election approaches,” Kane said. “I think it would have been worse if we actually held the debate on campus.”Garrity agreed with Kane’s speculation.“I think maybe having the debate on campus would have elicited some more fighting between students or unrest,” Garrity said. Overall, Garrity expressed feeling positive about the civil discourse she has evidenced among students thus far.“I believe that we all do care about each other and we’re united by the fact that we all go to Notre Dame and we are the Fighting Irish and I hope that the election doesn’t cause any tension in the student body,” she said.Tags: Lou Holtz, president trump, republican national convention Former Fighting Irish head coach Lou Holtz gave a virtual speech in support of President Donald Trump during Wednesday’s Republican National Convention (RNC). A longtime Republican, Holtz endorsed President Trump’s administration and his reelection campaign ahead of the November general election, using coach-like language to describe the incumbent as a winner.last_img read more

West Babylon Man Charged With Wrong Way DWI

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A West Babylon man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk the wrong way for more than a mile on Sunrise Highway early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.A Highway Patrol officer spotted a gray Pontiac G6 heading eastbound on the westbound lanes near Connetquot Avenue in Islip Terrace and stopped its driver, Charles Falco, near Oakdale-Bohemia Road in Oakdale at 12:15 a.m., police said.The 50-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving the wrong way and failure to comply.Falco will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Premiere Announced – Finally!

first_imgHere’s a look inside last season’s “Game of Thrones” finale: Unbelievably, the upcoming season will be the series’ fifth. (Alert: spoilers below)The previous season ended with a glorious—and bloody—battle at Castle Black, Tywin Lannister’s embarrassing death at the hands of his own son, and Arya, who was painfully close to reuniting with her sister Sansa, sailing to Braavos. Last year, the epic claimed the title of HBO’s most watched series: it reached 18.4 million viewers, eclipsing the previous mark of 18.2 million set by “The Sopranos.”“Game of Thrones” has become so popular that HBO announced it would show two episodes from Season 4 in select IMAX theaters, followed by an exclusive trailer for the upcoming season. The deal with IMAX makes HBO the first television network to broadcast its programming in such a setting. “We couldn’t think of a series more fitting than Game of Thrones to be the first presented in IMAX,” Greg Foster, senior executive vice president of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, said in a statement. “It has the action, storyline and epic nature that our fans seek in IMAX and we’re thrilled to team with HBO and our longtime partners at Warner Brothers to offer audiences a chance to experience it in the ultimate theatre setting joined by other fans of the series.”In other news, HBO announced that “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” will also debut April 12. Silicon Valley will air at 10 p.m., followed by “Veep” at 10:30 p.m. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The long, painful wait is almost over. HBO announced this week that its hits drama “Game of Thrones,” based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, returns April 12 at 9 p.m. last_img read more

Long-Time CEO of California-based CU accused of $40 million embezzlement

first_imgEdward Martin Rostohar, a long-time president/CEO of the CBS Employees Federal Credit Union, is in jail awaiting an April 18th court hearing where he will be charged with embezzling $40 million over two decades.He allegedly spent the Studio City, Calif-based credit union members’ funds on gambling, expensive cars, private jet travel, and a Reno, Nevada business and home, according to court documents and federal prosecutors in Los Angeles.On March 12, the credit union informed Rostohar, a former NCUA examiner, that he had been suspended from his job after an internal investigation uncovered irregularities in the performance of his job duties.  According to court documents, Rostohar’s wife called 911 later that day, telling police that her husband was leaving the country because he stole money from the credit union.After authorities took him into custody, the 62-year-old Rostohar admitted to the massive embezzlement scheme that lasted for 20 years. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta speaks out on battle between Emiliano Martinez and Bernd Leno to be Arsenal’s No.1

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Aug 2020 3:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.5kShares Martinez finally picked up his first piece of silverware with the FA Cup win (Picture: Getty Images)‘I’m delighted to have both of them. But they both know that on the first day of pre-season, you start again and fight for your place and show us who is the one that deserves the chance to start.‘I don’t want to keep them both happy, I want the one that is not playing to be upset. ‘But upset and then challenge the next player to make him better, or if not, earn his place to do that. It’s not easy to do that. ‘I personally don’t see any different with goalkeepers to full-backs. They know that, I’ve been really clear with them and hopefully they can make each other better and hopefully the team better.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWhen quizzed about Leno’s fitness and if the German was upset about Martinez’s excellent form, Arteta added: ‘Yes, Bernd is fit. He was almost fit for the last game against Chelsea in the FA Cup final. ‘We didn’t want to take the risk even to get him involved in the squad but he ’s been training throughout the summer and he is in perfect condition now.‘He’s not upset. I think he’s really happy because he really understands Emi’s position and he knows Emi’s history at this football club and how patient and how much he’s been fighting to earn his place and earn the right that now everybody likes him and Bernd is such a great character as well for us and he’s not someone that’s going to be upset about that situation.’MORE: Sam Greenwood confirms Arsenal departure ahead of Leeds United transferMORE: Arsenal to announce Gabriel Magalhaes transfer after defender signs five-year contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Martinez finished the season as Arsenal’s No.1 (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is in no doubt that he has two top goalkeepers in his ranks in Emiliano Martinez and Bernd Leno, but wants them to compete next season for the No.1 shirt and isn’t interested in just keeping one or the other happy.After a decade at the club, being sent away on various loan spells, Argentine Martinez finally got his chance to be the Gunners’ first-choice keeper when Bernd Leno’s knee injury in June ruled him out for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.The 27-year-old produced some outstanding displays and was a key part of Arteta’s side’s impressive run to their FA Cup triumph.AdvertisementAdvertisementLeno is now back from injury and started the pre-season friendly win over MK Dons on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTWhen asked if Leno will start the new campaign as No.1, Arteta said: ‘I love to have two goalkeepers at the level of Bernd and Emi. ‘Last season, when Bernd got injured, if somebody had some doubts about Emi’s character or qualities then he’s shown what he’s able to do and he didn’t do it for one game, he did it for 10 or 11 games in a row. Mikel Arteta speaks out on battle between Emiliano Martinez and Bernd Leno to be Arsenal’s No.1 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud extienden las órdenes de quedarse en casa a otros siete condados, sumando ahora un total de 33 condados

first_img March 31, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Los condados agregados incluyen: Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon, SomersetOrden modificada del Gobernador WolfOrden modificada de la Secretaria de SaludOrientación para Quedarse en casaA medida que los casos de COVID-19 continúan en aumento y el estado sigue buscando ayuda para salvar vidas y detener la propagación de la COVID-19, el Gobernador Tom Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud Dra. Rachel Levine, revisaron hoy las órdenes de “Quedarse en casa” para incluir a los condados de Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon y Somerset. De este modo, 33 condados del estado quedan bajo la orden de quedarse en casa. Esta orden entra en vigencia a las 8 p.m. del martes 31 de marzo de 2020 y continuará hasta el 30 de abril. Ayer, todas las órdenes de quedarse en casa se extendieron hasta el 30 de abril. Todas las escuelas de Pennsylvania permanecerán cerradas hasta nuevo aviso. Sigue vigente el cierre de negocios que no son esenciales para la vida.La orden ahora incluye estos 33 condados: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland y York.Las personas pueden abandonar su residencia solo para realizar cualquiera de las siguientes actividades individuales permisibles y viajes esenciales permitidos:Tareas esenciales para mantener la salud y la seguridad, o la salud y la seguridad de sus familiares o miembros del hogar (incluidas las mascotas), como obtener medicamentos o suministros médicos, visitar a un profesional de atención médica u obtener los suministros que necesitan para trabajar desde casa;Obtener los servicios o suministros necesarios para ellos mismos, para sus familiares o miembros del hogar, o como parte de esfuerzos voluntarios, o para entregar esos servicios o suministros a otros para mantener la seguridad, las instalaciones sanitarias y el funcionamiento esencial de las residencias;Participar en actividades al aire libre, como caminar, correr o ir de excursión si mantienen el distanciamiento social;Realizar un trabajo que ofrezca productos y servicios esenciales en un negocio que de soporte vital;Para cuidar a un miembro de la familia o mascota en otro hogar;Cualquier viaje relacionado con la prestación o el acceso a las actividades individuales o actividades comerciales que de soporte vital mencionadas anteriormente;Viajar para cuidar a personas de la tercera edad, menores, dependientes, personas con discapacidades u otras personas vulnerables;Viajar hacia o desde instituciones educativas con el fin de recibir materiales para el aprendizaje a distancia, para recibir comidas y cualquier otro servicio relacionado;Viaje para regresar a un lugar de residencia desde una jurisdicción externa;Viaje requerido por la policía u orden judicial;Viaje necesario para que los residentes regresen a su lugar de residencia fuera del estado;Cualquier persona que realice un viaje para soporte vital no necesita documentación para probar el motivo del viaje.Las siguientes operaciones están exentas:Actividades comerciales que den soporte vitalProveedores de atención médica o servicios médicosAcceso a servicios de soporte vital para residentes de bajos ingresos, incluidos bancos de alimentosAcceso a servicios de cuidado infantil para empleados de negocios de servicios de soporte vital que permanecen abiertos de la siguiente manera: instalaciones de cuidado infantil que operan bajo el proceso de exención del Departamento de Servicios Humanos, Oficina de Desarrollo Infantil y Aprendizaje Temprano; cuidado infantil grupal y familiar que opera en una residencia; y programas de medio día de edad escolar que operan bajo una exención de las órdenes de cierre comercial del 19 de marzo de 2020Medios de comunicaciónCumplimiento de la ley, personal de servicios médicos de emergencia, bomberosEl gobierno federalInstituciones religiosasLas personas sin hogar no están sujetas a esta orden, pero se les recomienda encarecidamente que busquen refugio, y se urge a las agencias gubernamentales a tomar las medidas necesarias para proporcionar refugio a esas personas.Los estudiantes internacionales, los jóvenes de crianza y cualquier otro estudiante que de otra manera experimenta desplazamiento o falta de hogar como resultado del cierre de campus están exentos y pueden permanecer en las viviendas del campus.En este momento, el cumplimiento de la ley se centrará en garantizar que los residentes conozcan la orden e informar al público sobre las prácticas de distanciamiento social en lugar de la ejecución. Para denunciar un negocio no conforme, comuníquese con el número que no es de emergencia de su agencia local de cumplimiento de la ley o con la estación de policía estatal de Pennsylvania más cercana. Por favor no llame al 911 o al Departamento de Desarrollo Comunitario y Económico para presentar informes. Los oficiales de la fuerza policial deben consultar la Guia de aplicación de orden de cierre comercial disponible en línea.Lea la orden original del Gobernador Wolf aquí o vea en Scribd. Lea la orden modificada del Gobernador Wolf aquí o vea en Scribd.Lea la orden original de la Secretaria de Salud Dra. Rachel Levine aquí o vea en Scribd. Lea la orden modificada de la Secretaria de Salud Dra. Rachel Levine aquí o vea en Scribd.Para obtener la información más actualizada sobre COVID-19, los residentes de Pennsylvania deben visitar: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.Ver esta página en inglés.center_img El Gobernador Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud extienden las órdenes de quedarse en casa a otros siete condados, sumando ahora un total de 33 condadoslast_img read more

St. Louis & St. Michael’s Girls 5th & 6th Grade Results

first_imgThe St. Louis girls 5th grade basketball opened up the season at St. Michaels in Brookville.  The final score was 5-17 in favor of St. Michaels.Leading scorers for St. Louis were Pamela Meneses with 3 and Kayla Stone with 2 points.  The top rebounders were both Pamela Meneses and Grace Eckstein, each with 6.  ‘I was impressed with how well we played with not having as many practices as anticipated.  The team was very aggressive and played hard.  I am looking forward to watching them learn as the season continues.’  STL Coach Dee Ann Stahley.Our next game is this Wednesday at St. Nicholas.The St. Louis girls sixth grade team kicked off their season against St. Michael on Tuesday. Since the team hasn’t been able to practice lately due to the weather, the game got off to a slow start for the girls.After getting acclimated to the game, the girls started to respond much better. The team was lead with a balance scoring attack. Four of the eight girls were able to contribute offensively.The girls were lead in points by Syndey Schutte, other girls who contributed to the offense were GiGi Dreyer, Mindy Eckstein, and Molly Wachsman. Defensively the team was lead by solid efforts of rebounding, and solid man to man defense. Those defensive specialist were lead by Chloe Meadows, Grace Mack, Erin Batta, and Alexa Miles. Although the girls were on the wrong end of the score, coach Dreyer and coach Streator were please with the overall effort given by all the girls.‘This was a great learning experience and we hope to learn from this game.’  STL Coach Brad Dryer.The girls travel to St. Nichols on Wednesday for their next game.last_img read more

Delores Poore

first_imgDelores Poore, 82 of Milan, passed away at her home December 31, 2016 with her family by her side.  Delores was born Tuesday September 18, 1934 in Weisburg, IN the daughter of Otto and Alma (Schwier) Vogel. She married Hiram Poore November 20, 1954 and he preceded her in death August 4, 2004.Delores retired after 30 years of service with the Sunman-Dearborn School District. Delores enjoyed bowling on her league, square dancing, roller skating, going to her church for services, and spending time with her family and friends.Delores is survived by daughter: Teresa Cole, companion of 21 years: David Hall both of Milan; sister: Shirley (Lestol) Harmon of Sunman; daughter-in-law: Vicky Poore of Memphis, IN; son-in-law: Rodney Cole of Lawrenceburg; brother-in-law: Kenneth (Debbie) Poore of Milan; sister-in-law: Freda (Bill) Kaiser of Milan, 5 Grandchildren: Mark and Brian Cole, Jason, Cindy and Jarrod Poore. 1- Great-Grandchild: Gunner Poore.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son: Wayne Poore, one daughter: Diane Cole, Great-Grandchild: Issac Poore, brother-in-law: Fred Poore and sister-in-law: Christina Poore.Funeral service will be 11 AM Tuesday January 3, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church 12523 North Dearborn Road Sunman, IN 47041 with Pastor Tom Frey officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 9-11AM Tuesday also at the church. Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church.   Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243 Milan, IN 47031; (812)654-2141.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Virginia L. Bradley, 78, Westport

first_imgVirginia L. Bradley, 78, of Westport passed away at 5:10am, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. She was born at North Vernon on September 4, 1939. She was married to Delmar Bradley on October 24, 1958 and he preceded her in death on March 7, 2012. Survivors include one son Jeff Bradley of Westport; two daughters Janet Bradley of Westport and Kelly Mann of Sellersburg; five grandchildren Brandon Bradley of Columbus, Emily (Ben) Boynton of Salt Lake City, Utah, Erica Bradley of Columbus, Ohio, Samantha Mann of Bedford, and Alexander (Chelsea) Mann of Louisville, Kentucky; one brother Don Leahigh of Spencer. She was also preceded in death by her sisters Theresa Griffith and Sandy Nance. Mrs. Bradley was a member of the Cedar Creek Community Church near Osgood. She enjoyed cooking, collecting antiques, and going to yard sales. Most of all, Virginia was a full time homemaker and mom. With Delmar having a career in the military, their life consisted of many moves. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 9th at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Arlington National Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Look Twice, Save a Life

first_imgMake yourself visible by wearing bright Hi-Viz clothing, by using reflective tape and by using your motorcycle’s headlight.  Always use turn signals when changing lanes and turning.The top unsafe actions motorcycle operators can avoid are following too closely, unsafe speed, improper passing and disregarding a signal or sign.Look for road hazards, especially potholes.  Be especially cautious around intersections, alleys, driveways, and other areas where an animal, pedestrian, or vehicle might enter your path.Avoid riding in the blind spot of other vehicles.Ride defensively; always leave enough reaction time for unexpected movements from other vehicles.Be cautious in construction zones watching for different pavement heights and drop-offs.Never ride impaired.One of the best ways to avoid a motorcycle crash is to prepare for and pass the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles motorcycle skills and riding test, or to successfully complete an approved motorcycle safety course. More information is at www.RideSafeIndiana.comMotorcycles are harder to see then other vehicles; consequently, many crashes occur because other motorists don’t see the motorcycle. All motorists should take the time for a second look before pulling into an intersection or making a left turn. It only takes a second to take a second look and maybe save a life. Versailles, In. —The warm weather of spring and summer brings increased motorcycle traffic with Hoosiers out riding for recreation and transportation. According to ICJI, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, motorcycles are involved in less than 2 percent of crashes in Indiana, but make up nearly 13 percent of all Indiana traffic deaths. Motorcycle crashes – and resulting injuries and deaths – have all declined over the past five years. According to ICJI motorcycle deaths have fluctuated from a low of 100 in 2016, to a high of 147 in 2017 to 112 in 2018. The Indiana State Police offer these safe driving tips so that everyone can share Hoosier Highways safely.Tips for passenger vehicles:Watch attentively for motorcycles. Check blinds spots before changing lanes and look twice at intersections before you turn or pull out into traffic. Use your turn signals when changing lanes.Anticipate hazards that may confront and affect a motorcyclists like large pot holes, debris, or other hazardous road conditions.Be cautious and observant when turning left. This is a primary cause of most crashes between vehicles and motorcycles, as cars frequently turn left into the path of oncoming motorcycles. Always take a second look for oncoming traffic.Remember, motorcycles are entitled to operate in a full lane.Allow a safe following distance as motorcycles stop quicker than cars.Never Drive Distracted or ImpairedALWAYS LOOK TWICE BEFORE PULLING OUT OR TURNING!Tips for motorcycle riders:Wear protective equipment and clothing, especially a helmet. Motorcyclists age 18 or younger and those with a motorcycle learner’s permit are required to wear a helmet. Motorcyclists of all ages and abilities are less likely to be killed or injured if they wear helmets.last_img read more